Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes

Group Description

The technological advancements of CD-ROM media and real-time decompression allowed games in the late 1980s and early 1990s to use full motion video, primarily for cutscenes. In an attempt to make games more film-like, these cutscenes soon went beyond traditional animation or CGI rendering techniques and used traditional live-action film making, with real actors, props and sets. Widespread throughout the 1990s, this style of cinematics has now been all but abandoned, with a few notable exceptions like entries in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer series.

This group collects games with such live-action elements. Note that the live-action footage need not always be a gameplay element, i.e. not all games in this group are necessarily "Interactive Movies".

Limitations:
  • The live-action footage must have been acquired through traditional film making techniques, using video or film cameras shooting at common frame rates like 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. The footage must also be shown within the game at similar film-like frame rates. Thus, games that feature digitized images of actors that are later animated are not to be included (example: Mortal Kombat);

  • The games must feature original footage. Sometimes, movie-based games contain scenes from the movie they are licensed from. These games are not to be included unless the footage, while shot during a motion picture shoot, was specifically intended for game usage (example: Enter the Matrix).

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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software2.88
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG...
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH...
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver...
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C....
Dune 20001998PlayStation, WindowsWestwood Studios, Inc.3.46
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.84
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc....
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
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Selected Covers

The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter
Solar Eclipse SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Solar Eclipse
Supreme Warrior SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Warrior
The Cassandra Galleries Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Cassandra Galleries

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter
Title Screen
Screenshot from Solar Eclipse
Title Screen
Screenshot from Supreme Warrior
The Gallery
Screenshot from The Cassandra Galleries
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